By now I assume everyone with a dog has already heard about the recent Evanger's recall. For anyone who hasn't heard, perhaps those of you who don't have dogs or don't feed Evanger's/commercial dog foods, all this started back in January after one dog died and others became ill from consuming Evanger's Hunk of Beef canned food. It was eventually determined that Evanger's canned food manufactured in June of 2016 tested positive for the euthanasia drug Pentobarbital. ...continue reading "My Thoughts on the Evanger’s Recall"
My Papillon, Kitsune, will be 8 next month. Coming to terms with the fact that he's getting old hasn't exactly been easy for me. Many vets consider 8 year old dogs to be seniors. Kit is still active and playful, but the black hairs on his face are starting to turn white, and he suffers from arthritis in his back legs. Our vet gave us prescription pain meds (NSAIDS) for when Kit has bad days with his arthritis, but they come with a host of side effects that I'd like to avoid, if at all possible. ...continue reading "How CBD Has Helped Kitsune"
November, as well as being Adopt a Senior Pet Month, is also Pet Cancer Awareness Month. The awareness campaign was started in 2005 by the VPI Pet Insurance company (http://www.petinsurance.com). The VPI website states that cancer is "the No. 1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats. Fortunately, early detection and treatment of cancer in pets can prolong life and increase chances of survival." For the thousands of pet owners who have had to deal with cancer in their pets, this is a message that hits particularly close to home. ...continue reading "November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month"
Many owners will, on occasion, share a small tidbit of human food with their canine companions. But it's important to make sure that you are aware of what foods are safe, and which ones can potentially be dangerous. Grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs, and at certain concentrations can even be fatal. ...continue reading "Grapes and Raisins are Toxic to Dogs"
How crazy is it that we are already a week into October? With Halloween at the end of this month, and then the approaching winter holidays, many pet owners will be stocking up on treats for their pets. Treats can make great holiday gifts for almost any type of pet, and can be a great way to reward your best friend without spending too much money. I know my pets, especially the dogs, will be getting lots of treats for the holidays - they certainly don't need any more toys! But not all treats are created equal. It's important to pick out treats that your pets enjoy, but also ones that are healthy and safe. ...continue reading "Picking Out Pet Treats"
Plenty of exercise is key to keeping most dogs happy, healthy, and out of trouble. Keeping your dog's mind and body active has countless benefits. But we can't control the weather, and it can sometimes be difficult to follow a regular exercise routine when the weather prohibits us from spending time outdoors with our pets. ...continue reading "Exercising Your Dog Indoors"
Some dog breeds, mostly smaller breeds, greatly benefit from being walked on a harness rather than having the leash attached to their collars. This is because smaller dogs are more prone to develop trachea damage from the pressure of their collars against their delicate necks. Collapsed trachea is a condition that is relatively common in small and toy breeds of dogs. Using a collar is one of the risk factors of the development of this disease. Using a harness instead of a collar to walk your dog doesn't guarantee that your pet will never develop collapsed trachea, but it can lower their risk. ...continue reading "Harnesses are Recommended for Walking Small Dogs"
Last week I wrote about why I started supplementing my 7 year old Papillon, Kitsune, with turmeric. Because I already went over it, I won't get too much into the 'why' in this post, but feel free to go back and read about all the awesome benefits Kit's received from consuming turmeric. Basically, I started giving it to him for his arthritis, and was pleasantly surprised when it started improving not only his sore legs, but a couple of other issues as well. ...continue reading "Kitsune’s Turmeric Treats"
We've been lucky (knock on wood) that our Kitsune has always been a pretty hardy pup. He'll be 8 later this year and, so far, we've never experienced any major health scares with him. He has a couple of chronic issues that, thankfully, are things we've been able to easily keep well managed. Recently Kit was diagnosed with mild arthritis in his back legs. Although mild, Kit was getting painful enough on some days that our vet gave us a prescription pain killer for him. I hate seeing my little buddy in pain, but the potential side effects of giving him NSAIDs often made me nervous. I stared researching to see if there were any alternative ways to help reduce his arthritis pain without negative side effects. ...continue reading "How Turmeric Has Helped Kitsune"
If you're a dog owner, you may recognize that Leptospirosis, often called Lepto for short, is one of the yearly vaccines that the vet may recommend for your pet. But what exactly is Lepto? What are the symptoms? How dangerous is Leptospirosis, and how do dogs catch it? It's important for pet owners to understand what diseases pose risks to their pets, how to recolonize these diseases, and how to prevent or treat them. ...continue reading "What You Need To Know About Leptospirosis"